Thursday, July 04, 2013

Fred 62


Los Feliz, CA. I was hankering for some protein - something smoky, tender, juicy, and glazed - and lucky me, I was at a catered barbecue with exactly that and then some. I said my hellos after arriving at the venue, while eyeing the serving platters of delicious American classics. I just asked "Where is all of this from?" when out popped the Chef, proudly stating "Fred 62, an American restaurant over in Los Feliz." I wandered down the menu, politely escorted by the Chef, noting the highlights and favorites. "Try the brisket" he suggested. Surely, I will, and likely the rest of the menu.

It is understood that a catered barbecue differs from a restaurant, with items that are better suited for travel, sitting, and serving, and accommodating to the variety of spaces. On the catering aspect, the company did a great job. They served an ample variety of food from simple salads, grilled veggies, and mashed potatoes, to the amazingly tender slow-smoked Southern Brisket (also served at the restaurant).

Southern Smoked Brisket
On another day, traveling afoot, I passed by the Fred 62 restaurant. Since I rarely find myself along Vermont Avenue, I decided to make a food stop after fondly remembering the flavors from the barbecue. A stylized diner, hospitable service, and the exterior 'mist-sprayers' guided me to its doors, in addition to the food I so easily crave. The luring traditional American cuisine suggested that I Patty Melt my way to culinary fulfillment.

Patty Melt

The Patty Melt came medium-rare, cheesy, gooey, and drippy, with a hefty side of potato salad. I could have gone for regular or sweet potato fries, but this dish needed something to take me back to my picnic-in-the-park days. The flavors of the melt combined simply: caramelized onions, beef, and swiss cheese, oozing into the rye bread on which it rested. This food stop was one to be savored. The potato salad (rarely a favorite) was light on the mayo and the potatoes were cooked to a firm boil (not over-cooked) - both satisfying. I ate everything on my plate, and I mean everything.

For friendly service in a 'diner' environment, serving classic American staples, Fred 62's amplified flavor approach adequately supports the desire. I came, inspired from the gluttonous barbecue, but the eatery made its mark, drawing interest as a seller for late night eats, breakfast, or simply to splurge on the type of comfort food widely known and loved.

Fred 62
1850 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-0062

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